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Lyr Req: The Alabama (Victorious)

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ALABAMA'S CREW
ROLL ALABAMA ROLL


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Marc 18 Jan 06 - 04:54 AM
Charley Noble 18 Jan 06 - 10:23 AM
Anglo 18 Jan 06 - 12:55 PM
Marc 19 Jan 06 - 08:12 PM
Barry Finn 19 Jan 06 - 09:20 PM
Barry Finn 19 Jan 06 - 09:52 PM
Marc 21 Jan 06 - 03:18 PM
GUEST,John Townley 24 Jan 11 - 08:53 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Alabama (Victorious)
From: Marc
Date: 18 Jan 06 - 04:54 AM

I'm familiar with the version of The Alabama that is in the DT, ie Confederate raider sunk by the Kearsarge. However, some years back, John Townley I believe, sang a version at Mystic Seaport describing an earlier battle in her carrier with her being victorious obviously with a different adversary. Anyone care to take a stab at this? Is it recorded any where? In print? Does anyone know how to contact John Townley?

Thank you
Marc Bernier


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alabama (Victorious)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 18 Jan 06 - 10:23 AM

Marc-

Hi! It's likely this song commemorates the fight between the C.S.S. Alabama and the U.S. Gunboat Hatteras, 9 guns, Lieut. Commr. Blake, 140 men, off the coast of Galveston on Sunday, January 11, 1863. The Hatteras was defeated, surrended, and sunk.

Happy searching!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alabama (Victorious)
From: Anglo
Date: 18 Jan 06 - 12:55 PM

The contact address on John's website is townley@astrococktail.com. (Yes, this is the same JT).

You could try that.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alabama (Victorious)
From: Marc
Date: 19 Jan 06 - 08:12 PM

Thanks folks. Hello Charley.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alabama (Victorious)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 19 Jan 06 - 09:20 PM

Hi Marc
Here's a longer address for John www.astrococktail.com/ZCalbum.html
Funny you asked, I just recieved an e-mail from him. Probably much
the same as Anglo's. He's attempting to produce a CD he recorded back in 1992 on the Zawisza Czarny, a polish schooner, while on it's voyage home. It features the crew including John Townley, Simon Spaulding (though he doesn't mention it) & Marek Siurawski who you can hear doing leads on Roller Bowler & London Julie (he's my source for both these songs)as well as leading a few others that I recognize his voice on John Cherokee, Dead Horse & Goodbye, Fare Thee Well. You can also get to hear John leading as he's provided sound clips for this hopefully soon to be released CD. John has A coulpe of CD's out but I didn't find what you were looking for on the one I had 'A Chesapeake Sailor's Companion'. You'll find his web site, like Anglo said, Yes, this is the same JT.
See you soon, you to Anglo
Barry,


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alabama (Victorious)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 19 Jan 06 - 09:52 PM

Sorry Marc, should've given you his e- mail JWTownley@aol.com
Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alabama (Victorious)
From: Marc
Date: 21 Jan 06 - 03:18 PM

THanks again Guys. How are you doing Barry? So nice to hear from you. I'v actually communicated with John at this point, thanks to you folks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alabama (Victorious)
From: GUEST,John Townley
Date: 24 Jan 11 - 08:53 PM

It was the fight of the Alabama with the Hatteras, the words to which can be found on p. 91 of The Civil War in song and story: 1860-1865 By Frank Moore, which now Google Books has online.
I composed my own tune, and you can, too...!
The same volume contains the original of "The Florida's Crew" about the CSS Florida, and a wonderful salute to the seagoing flag call "The Stars and Bars"...


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